Young Professional Group

JOIN Our CENtRAL INDIANA young professionals group, ETC!

College Mentors, EtC is a committee of dedicated professionals in the Indianapolis area who believe in the power of mentoring. EtC members:

  • volunteer with local chapters and provide professional development support for current college student volunteers.
  • participate in fundraising efforts for the benefit of College Mentors for Kids
  • host an annual event to raise awareness and support for College Mentors
  • volunteer time to assist with a variety of projects for the College Mentors national office.

TO JOIN ETC, OR TO LEARN MORE, Contact oUr National Director of dEvelopment, Katie Brownlee.


Meet the members:

Alex Zawodni

  • Referral Coordinator, OurHealth
  • BS, Purdue University ’14 (chapter vice president of programming, general manager, and mentor)
  • EtC Chair, member since 2015

“I love supporting College Mentors because the program has given me so much more than I have given to it. I learned invaluable lessons during my time as a mentor and student leader on campus–not only from my peers, but from the little buddies our program served every week. I have become a better listener and collaborator, and strive to be a better leader thanks to the impact College Mentors had on me during my time on campus. Serving on EtC has allowed me to continue helping the program grow and succeed while spreading knowledge about mentoring and College Mentors in the Indianapolis community.”

Amelia Shepherd

  • Nursing student, Marian University Accelerated BSN program
  • BS, Butler University ’17
  • EtC member since 2018

“I enjoy being on EtC, because it allows me to work with other young professionals toward a common goal of helping young children learn and grow in ways that will help them in the bright futures that they have ahead of them. “

Jacob Cadwell

  • Auction Services Team Lead – NextGear Capital
  • BS, Indiana University ’12 (mentor and VP)
  • Member since 2017

“I support College Mentors for Kids because I was able to see first-hand the positive impact this organization made on the lives of kids we served”

Jami LaFord

  • Social Worker, Henry Community Health
  • BSW, Ball State University ’17 (chapter president, treasurer, and mentor); MSW, IUPUI ’18
  • College Student Engagement Co-Chair; EtC member since 2017

“I fell in love with College Mentors for Kids during my first year as a mentor. Seeing the relationship built between mentors and buddies was absolutely incredible, and I felt called to do more.  Serving as president was amazing, and I knew I would be involved after graduation. Being on EtC was just what I needed, and I am honored to continue to make a difference within College Mentors for Kids.”

Jimmy Cox

  • Director, Student-Alumni Programs for Purdue Alumni Association
  • BA, Purdue ’09; MS, IU ’13 (Purdue chapter mentor)
  • College Student Engagement Co-Chair; member since 2017

“College Mentors had such a profound impact on me, if only for one semester. The work they do with young kids and college student is simple and it works. I support College Mentors because of the inspiration it gives to kids and the leadership preparation it gives young men and women in college.”

Laura Hall

  • Transfer Admissions Coordinator at the University of Indianapolis
  • BA, UIndy ’14 (Mentor, Program Intern, ADP)
  • EtC member since 2018

“My life changed when I became involved with College Mentors for Kids as a junior in college, and I continue to be impacted by the work this organization does every day. Children around the country need the support that is unique to the mentor-mentee relationship, and I am honored to be able to support that work by being on EtC.”

Pat Kenney

The part I love most about College Mentors for Kids is the impact that college students have on the lives of the little buddies. It was amazing to see their development over the course of each school year. That is why I continue to support the program, and why I am excited to continue mentoring as a member of EtC.”

Patrick Sanders

  • First Year Law Student at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
  • BS, Marian University ’17 (mentor for all 4 years, National Outstanding Mentor ’17)
  • EtC member since 2018

“I believe it is important to give back to the community. I support College Mentors because of the difference the organization makes in children’s lives.”

Sloan Schafer

  • J.D. candidate at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
  • BS, Purdue University ’18 (mentor)
  • EtC member since 2018

“I support College Mentors for Kids because of the similarities I see between my own childhood and the childhood of the children we serve. Growing up without a father showed me how difficult it is to not have a mentor in your life, and how easy it can be to turn down the wrong path. During my time as a mentor, I saw how great of an impact this organization has on the little buddies, knowing they have someone who will always be there each week to help them develop into a successful individual. EtC has given me an opportunity to continue to help these children even after I have left college.”